Hidden Gems

Yacht in Croatia and discover the secrets of the Pakleni Islands

By Jenny Wilson
on  November 30, 2015

Travelling by yacht in Croatia is a wonderful way to explore the country’s many hidden gems, which are scattered along the Dalmatian coast. Just a short distance from the popular tourist destination of Hvar lies a small chain of islands, the Pakleni, which are a delightful example of some of the treasures to be found here.

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These islands, also known locally as ‘Hell’s Islands’, are named after the resin that was used to coat the hulls of ships, much of which came from here; however, there are plenty of heavenly features for travellers to enjoy. The nearest island to Hvar is Jerolim, which is scattered with secluded coves and shady pine groves. Although it is a favourite with naturists, nudity is not compulsory and the island is charming.

The biggest island in the chain is Sveti Klement, which is sometimes known by the name of its largest hamlet, Palmizana. This is a popular spot with Hvar residents looking to get away from it all and offers some of the most beautiful scenery around. The clear calm waters are perfect for scuba diving and there is plenty of marine life to enjoy. The fishing village of Vlaka is a lovely walk if you want to see some traditional Croatian life.

The main attraction on this island is Meneghello Place. Built by Professor Eugen Meneghello at the turn of the 20th century, the estate originally consisted of an inn and a summer house but is now home to a small museum and gallery. Enjoy one of many music recitals held here or wander among the stunning tropical gardens. The Pakleni Islands are the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Hvar.

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